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Monday, July 10th 2017, 8:36am

Need Some Quick Advice on What to Buy

Hello Friends -

Longtime homeowner, finally coming to the realization that truly: if you want something done right, you really do have to do it yourself.

We just moved into a new home and have several sprinklers that shoot too far and hit the house and several others that are broken. Can you please help me with advice on what I should buy? Quality, durability, etc, is more important to me than cost.

1) I need to replace several pop up sprinkler heads that shoot too far. I have a narrow strip of grass in my front lawn that is maybe 6-8' wide. Currently both sides overshoot, one side hitting the house, the other side hitting the sidewalk. They are typical, cheap, pop up heads (that don't rotate). I see there are different nozzles options that make the sprinklers shoot from like 4' to 15'+. So I figure I need to buy replacements, and probably find some that shoot about 6' or so at the most. Again, ease of installation, quality, etc is my primary consideration so even it it were possible to just swap out the nozzle, if its easier to change the whole head with a nicer one with the correct nozzle, I'd be inclined to do that. Seems some sprinkler heads come installed with a nozzle that shoots it a certain distance, others don't and you need to buy seperately. Confusing.

2) I have lots of bushes. Some I can see get plenty of water becuase they have a drip line with a shower-type head. I like that veer much because I can see it getting plenty of water. Other of my bushes have those drip lines connected to that plastic spike in the ground so I can't siee its watering levels. Others have a different head that seeems to barely give them any water. I'd prefer to swap them all out for the shower type. ANy suggestions/thoughts on that?


3) Any general advice on watering trees with automatic sprinklers? I've never owned a tree before. This is my 3rd house and I've got about 10 of them now. I don't quite understand how water that is okay for the small depth of grass or for tiny bushes is also adequate for massive trees. How do people deal with such different watering needs on the same zone? I've got trees in my front lawn that get water from my normal lawn zone up there. I'v egot trees along the backyard fence that are in the 'bush' dripline zone. How can you balance that?

I live in Phoenix, AZ for what it's worth. Any advice you can give me along these points or general advice is helpful. I'm obviously not super knowledgable. I've changed out 1 sprinkler head in my life; wen't just fine, but have always hired a company to fix other issues. I'm determined to fix these issues myself though because I just am at the point I don't trust companies to take care of my issues witht he care that I know I would.

Thank you!
Mike

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